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kaplanMD Day Cream SPF 15 and Replenishing Night Cream- reader reviewed

Is a Solution for:
Sagging Skin, Sun Protection for Face
July 16, 2010 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 11 Comments
Posted by Lori

First I would like to say how appreciative I am for having the opportunity to try kaplanMD’s Day Cream SPF15 and Replenishing Night Cream and to note that this role is more difficult then it may seem! Second, I’d like to apologize for the delayed response for which several things contributed:

1- The products happened to arrive while I was out of town for two weeks.

2- I originally wanted to give it a six week trial so I could provide as much info as possible for the wonderful TIA supporters, but after re-reading the interview with Dr. Stuart H. Kaplan during which he made clear that these products are not an “instant result” based line but rather “lifestyle products,” meant for long-term use to change the way our skin transitions, I felt even six weeks was not enough.

3- I felt more and more pressure to SEE results as Marta, much more knowledgeable than I, discovered that she loved both the eye cream and serum of the same line.

Lastly, it is just my nature to put a great deal of time and thought into everything I do (not always a good thing- just ask my closest friends!) I am 54, though (happily) many very kind people comment that I appear younger. My skin is STILL acne prone, very dry in the winter and very oily in the summer (I’ll take the dry skin any day!)

When you read about the history of the kaplanMD products and the tremendous ingredients that go into each one, it’s impossible not to hope that THIS is finally the fountain of youth we have all been searching for! As has already been discussed in great detail on this site, the kaplanMD line is based on Dr. Kaplan’s 10-3-1 Concept: 10 active ingredients per product, to prevent and treat all 3 types of skin aging, in 1 concise and synergistic line. Both the Day Cream SPF 15 and the Replenishing Night Cream share these key ingredients: soy, grapeseed, black cohosh and matrixyl 3000.

The Day Cream is described as an anti-wrinkle cream, moisturizer and sun protectant. It claims to increase skin hydration and elasticity while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, providing UVA/UVB protection and leaving no messy white residue. The Replenishing Night Cream is described as a velvety rich night treatment that replenishes critical moisture, strengthens the skin’s structure and promotes cell renewal and repair. In addition, it claims to reverse the damage of UV-induced free radicals, improving skin texture and hindering the growth of unwanted facial hair.

Now for what I have experienced. When I started to use both products I was in the middle of battling my annoying acne prone skin AND coming out of the winter months so my skin was quite dry. I immediately loved the way the products moisturized my face WITHOUT (and this is a HUGE one for me!) causing my skin to break-out. Both products were easily absorbed with a light, pleasant fragrance. My skin felt soft and supple and I was thrilled! The moisturizer’s SPF15 has also worked beautifully to protect my skin (even through our 95 degree heat wave!).

The products’ containers are identical and the pumps work perfectly to provide just the right amount of product each and every time, something so many other lines just can’t seem to get right. I have been using the products daily for about 11 weeks now and although you can’t see what remains, they certainly don’t seem to be nearing empty yet. This is important, of course, since the price for the Day Cream is $125 and the Replenishing Night Cream $145.

The Replenishing Night Cream is clearly a richer lotion and I credit it with rescuing my dried out winter skin. These days, however, as the oil glands go into overdrive for the summer, I think I might back off from its use. One night as I was preparing for bed, my wonderful husband who never provides an honest opinion on my appearance because he always tells me I look beautiful to him (horrible guy, huh?) came in just after I had applied the night cream. I explained that I was having such a difficult time reviewing some new products and asked if he thought my skin had that “dewy” look to which he replied, “Uh well if dewy means greasy, then yes.”

The kaplanMD line claims to prevent and treat these 12 skin symptoms associated with Natural Hormonal Progression: Accelerated Formation of Fine Lines and Wrinkles (I did not notice any amazing results nor has anyone commented on my skin’s “new” appearance but perhaps in time...), Adult Acne (difficult to say because I had finally gotten mine under control with OBAGI Clenziderm M.D. ), Flushing/Redness (never an issue for me), Loss of Firmness and Elasticity (I believe I am seeing improvements!), Thinning, Colorless or Translucent Skin (sure hope its preventing this from EVER happening!), Dull, Lackluster Skin (Yes!), Dry, Dehydrated Skin (Yes!), Uneven Pigmentation (I was so hoping this would finally be the product to make a difference but sadly, no), Facial Hair Growth (very difficult to judge but since I take all jobs very seriously, I even started laser hair removal to see if I noticed the products supporting the results - I did not), Photosensitivity and Hypersensitivity (Yes!).

So although there certainly was nothing NOT to love, I’m not sure that I found enough things TO love about the products to replace them both for a combined cost of $270. If that cost is doable for you -go for it; hopefully I can fine a replacement with a lower price tag. However, that might change when these are gone and I find myself missing each one tremendously! I guess I better start a separate savings account just in case.
  • August 2, 2010

    by deborah rodell

    Great review Lori, thank you for your comments.

  • July 31, 2010

    by Gloria

    I got my samples and I do like the eye cream very much but the night cream is way too heavy for me and I do have very dry skin. I have been using the YBF prep and the clarisonic so my face is really absorbent of any products which is great. I would definately buy the eye cream and that is about it without trying it for a while I could not say how great it is. Thanks everyone for your reviews. It really helps in deciding on which products to weed out sometimes.

  • July 20, 2010

    by Mark

    Hi Junko - yes, I did like the serum sample - eeking out every bit in there! I would like to try the full size probably when Marta has another special on it. Thanks so much for the recommendation!!

  • July 17, 2010

    by Amy Henderson

    I've been using the samples of the night serum for several weeks now. I really like it. I tend to have dry skin, and although the night serum is a bit heavy, I like the way my skin feels in the morning. A little bit will go a long way, though. Same thing with the microfoliant - a little goes a long, long way. I haven't tried the day cream, yet. I'm using the Chella Morning Crema (which I like very much). All in all, I think that there have been some very, very good results with the Kaplan line. I'm so thankful that I've found them :)

  • July 17, 2010

    by Junko

    Mark have you tried the sample of serum yet? I really enjoyed just the few uses the sample gave me, enough to buy it. I'm surprised how much I like the eye cream too. My faves are the serum, eye cream and cell renewing microfoliant.

  • July 17, 2010

    by Mark

    I recently received my sample set and I have to agree with Junko that the night cream is probably too heavy for my skin and I don't really think there is enough product in the other samples to form an opinion, but I am sold on the eye cream!

  • July 17, 2010

    by Lori

    Marta, I have not tried the Perfecting Serum or eye cream but looking forward to, once I receive my sample "survey" gift in the mail. Love Lip 20 as well!

  • July 17, 2010

    by Marta

    I must admit that I am not wild about the Night Cream. It didn't really seem to do much. I am still a big fan of the Serum and Lip 20 though.

  • July 16, 2010

    by Lori

    Junko, I have backed off the day cream too for now but look forward to using what is left once my winter skin returns (and sadly enough, winter WILL return!)

  • July 16, 2010

    by Junko

    Lori, I too found the night cream a bit heavy for my acne prone skin. Maybe once in a while when I think I need extra moisture, but not every night. I found the day cream to be more than what I'm used to for the day as well.

  • July 16, 2010

    by Lisa

    Great honest well-written post, Lori! I just started using some of these product samples (so far so good) so I appreciate your review as I ponder a purchase.

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